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Primary School Training

Primary Prevention

Beat’s most recent eating disorders training programme for those working in primary schools, including school nurses. This course aims to increase understanding of eating disorders, including how to spot the early signs in children of primary school age.

Research has shown that the earliest opportunity to prevent eating disorders is during primary school, with children showing concerns about physical appearance at an increasingly young age.

The training has been extremely informative and has provided me with more confident in working with young people with eating disorders. Thank you for such valuable training

Due to the current pandemic our training courses for education professionals are currently on hold while we develop a new online training platform to allow for more accessible, remote training for schools and school nurses. We hope that this will be ready by autumn 2021.

This is in the development stages currently. If you would like to be kept up to date with developments and notified as to when this platform is available, please register your interest here.

In the meantime, if you are a school looking for some information about eating disorders please take a look at our Worried About a Pupil page.

If you have a particular concern about a child or young person at your school, please contact the Helpline on 0808 801 0677.

You can also book a Beat Ambassador to deliver a short talk on the lived experience of eating disorder recovery to help raise awareness in your school while you wait for training to become available.

Course Information

Learning Outcomes
  • Develop an understanding of eating disorders.
  • Increase knowledge of how to reduce the risk, including help to develop self-esteem activities to use in school.
  • Be able to spot the signs of eating disorders in children, increasing the likelihood of catching and treating an eating disorder early.
  • Support pupils following a disclosure, including identifying barriers and how to overcome these.
  • An understanding of local services and treatment for children suffering from eating disorders.
Course Structure

This is a structured and interactive workshop. You will reflect on your own practice and within groups share stories and experiences. This course will also include presentations, putting learning into practice, understanding Beat’s services and signposting to local services. Where possible you will hear from an Ambassador on their lived experience of an eating disorder and develop an action plan to end the day.

  • "Aside from the compelling topic, the whole day just left me feeling empowered and made me feel something that most training courses don’t – that I can help the young people in my care with very little if any extra workload or sense of dread!"
Course Benefits
  • Feel confident in supporting primary age children
  • Learn how to implement positive self-image throughout all aspects of school
  • Develop the knowledge to make an effective referral and feel confident in doing this
  • Receive lifetime access to specialist helpline for coaching support